Zilla Rocca talks reinterpreting Wu-Tang Clan with the Wrecking Crew
We’ve been hearing about this project for a couple years now – Wu-Tang Pulp, an homage to hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan featuring Philly MCs Curly Castro, Has-Lo and Zilla Rocca. Individual teaser tracks have popped up here and there, and this week the entire collection surfaced as a name-your-own-price download.
But what is it, exactly? A covers record? Those don’t look like Wu-Tang song-titles. They don’t sound like familiar Wu-Tang beats. Are they deep cuts and rarities? Are they never-released jams? Might The Wrecking Crew be be such fans / obsessives that they’re into a whole other depth of Wu obscuro nerdery? Note the “Pulp” in the album title – these are comic book loving dudes, after all.
|It’s kind of that last thing. Kind of all of them. When I caught up with Zilla over e-mail, he described the album as “rebuilt versions of our favorite Wu songs.” This includes not just the full-band albums, but also their various and prolific solo offshoots.|
So “Bring the Pain” from Method Man’s Tical is spun as “Pain Bringer,” Raekwon’s “Criminology” from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx becomes “Mad Light Inside the Dark.” New samples, textures and structures steer the songs in a different direction from their original incarnations, so unless you have an encyclopedic knowledge of both Wu Tang Clan’s output and their lyrics, you might be left feeling a bit perplexed.
“Don’t feel too bad,” Zilla says when I copped to my confusion by the project.